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, controversies show how obama's inattention to detail may hurt his presidential legacy. we want to get your thoughts on this. republicans, (202) 585-3881. democrats, (202) 585-3880. independents, (202) 585-3882. tweet, @cspanwj. you can also post your comments on facebook or e-mail us. on both fronts on the nsa and the health care law, president obama's! down to this -- i did not know. no president can be aware of everything going on in a sprawling government that he theoretically manage. -- theoretically manages. this constant questions about how much in charge he really is. days, the president's health and human services secretary said that the -- that despite internal concerns in a mr. obama wasn, not told about serious problems with the new row graham's website until it was rolled out this month. said theicials president was not aware that the national security agency was tapping the phone of agngela merkel. opposition lawmakers and pundits have seized on the white house explanations to accuse mr. obama of being a bystander president. some democrats are scratching their heads at the se
obama. president? mr. president, on behalf of employee, it is my privilege to welcome you back to headquarters. we also have a number of special guests here today including webster, ectors sessions, and a special warm mullen back to director and his wife anne. attorney lcome former ashcroft and lieu lucasey. you with red to have us here today. i would also like to take a moment to acknowledge our guests president obama and the includingn the stage, robin dorch, a friend and colleague with whom to represent some of richmond's hardest hit eighborhoods, judge john walker, senior judge for the united states court of appeals for the second circuit. director was the first law clerk when he was a new judge on he district court bench in the southern district of new york. and most importantly, director comey's wife, patrice. thank you for taking part in today's ceremony. we're also pleased to have irector and mrs. comby's children. brian, claire, and abby, welcome. also director comby's brother peter, and trish, chris. we welcome you. a special welcome to director comby's father, brian.
. they are already under fierce attack from republicans over the health care laws. obama now faces democratic concerns that the troubled start of the insurance program will cut into the political benefits that the party received from the government shutdown and might cost government -- democratic candidates in the next elections. was named asgh most responsible. to fix it entrusted was jeffrey zeitz. this followed a meeting between vice president joe biden and democratic freshmen. it appeared that the white house would have to do more to reassure democrats who emerged from the shutdown confident of their political fortunes. onublicans have roared back a wave of anger over the health care law. people are anxious. richard derman said -- richard durbin said he did not think there was confidence. this is more of a show me moment. we were all confident that the system would be up and running. we are not confident until it is real. the anxious include senators and house members facing hotly contested races. inre are also lawmakers states with republican governors who have done nothing to promote th
one of the ones that is going to be there is more see. morsi is obama's best friend. bob from baton rouge, louisiana. thanks recall. -- thanks for the call. can check out his remarks at c-span.org. this morning's front page of "the new york times." the president will be campaigning in northern virginia . chris christie is expected to win in new jersey. democrat barbara bona is challenging the new jersey republican. that story front page of "the new york times." a look at the statistics courtesy of the gallup organization to give your sense of just where the country was back in the 1950s during the start of the eisenhower administration on the question of whether or not you feel there is a opportunity to move ahead in america. back in 1952, eight percent said not much of an opportunity .umber 87% said yes we show you how to change over the years as we listen to joe, who's joining us from bethesda, maryland. good morning. caller: good morning, steve. great show, really appreciated. this is absolutely still the land of opportunity. challenged just like a government to live within the m
by chemical weapons, the obama administration was caught on its heels in a foreign policy quandary. america was reminded again that the united states must always be vigilant and embrace an international relations framework which enables proactive engagement rather than merely reactionary crisis response. mr. speaker, i desperately hope that these discussions will proceed in the context of the grave reality the human family will face if nuclear weapons fall into the handles of jihadists in iran. to use the slight hely altered words of our secretary of state, mr. speaker, quote, in a world of terrorists and extremists, we ignore these risks at our peril. we simply cannot afford to have nuclear weapons become the i.e.d. or car bomb of tomorrow. neither our country nor our conscience can bear the costs of inaction. mr. speaker, the u.s.-iran nuclear negotiations act is, quote, an action that will reinforce the prohibition against nuclear weapons development. we're talking about actions that will degrade iran's capacity to use these weapons and ensure that they do not proliferate. with this aut
of pictures this afternoon from fbi headquarters where president obama will deliver remarks at the installation ceremony for james call me, sworn in as fbi director last month, replacing robert moeller. a former deputy attorney general during the george w. bush administration. live coverage when it gets underway here on c-span. while we wait for that to get underway, a discussion from this morning's "washington journal." >> joining us to continue on a discussion about the health care law. joining us for the discussion, senior health correspondent. welcome. >> what is the latest? but unfortunately the sub contractors that runs the data hub had an outage last night. it was still down this morning. i checked before i arrived. yet another woe in the long saga that has dogged the website. there was a congressional hearing last night. they recommended more testing earlier. talked about how federal officials decided to turn off of browsing function that required a double make accounts. that created a backlog. a lot of attention and focus on the website. www.c-span.orghost: you get
, two very different pictures of the new health-care law were painted yesterday with president obama touting the affordable care act in a speech in boston. just hours before that, his health and human services secretary cap points of bilious -- health and human services uscretary kathleen sebeli repeatedly told lawmakers to hold her report filed -- to hold her responsible for the heard the rocky start. we are asking viewers whether you think it is appropriate to holder to blame, and who should be held responsible and what should happen next. republicans can call in at (202) 585-3881. democrats --(202) 585-3880. independents, (202) 585-3882. if you are outside the u.s., it is (202) 585-3883. you can also catch up with us on all of your favorite social media pages, on twitter and facebook or e-mail us journal@c- span.org. a very good thursday morning to you. halloween morning. lots of stories, lots of front- page stories about cap lanes of bilious -- about kathleen sebeli us. website'sfor the flaws." hold me accountable, she tells the panel. the story in today's "wall street journal,"
live in just a bit to hear from president obama, he's speaking today at the commerce department's investment summit. he'll be speaking along with ommerce secretary penny pr izker. we'll have that live for you. starting off the day the keynote speaker was treasury secretary jack lue who talked about the state of the global economy, citing improvement and the need to increase demand for economic growth. >> thank you, penny, for that kind introduction. it's great to be here with you this morning. i want to thank the commerce department for hosting the first select u.s.a. summit. i'm here with a simple message. we do not take investment in the united states for granted. we know it's important for jobs, important for our businesses and it's important for our prosperity. in our increasingly global economy, the united states cannot settle for the status quo. that's why president obama made fueling america's competitiveness the cornerstone of his economic policies. our economy is the largers in the world and looking to the future, we need to make it stronger by improving worker training
with president obama. we have seen an explosion of what we call dark money. this is money where we do not know who the donors are. and we do not know how the money is being spent in many cases. we have made it a priority of ours here, and mine in particular, to try to shine a light on this secret money having an incredible impact on knowlections where we so little about where it is coming from. host: when you do your work for "mother jones," how much is mining the public database? guest: it is in all of the above approach to be honest. if you want to know anything about classified forms and 990 's, i am your guy. i can give you a crash course in work.per pac's there's a lot of mining of those information sources. there is a lot of information out there. a lot of corporations tell us how they spend the money. they hide it on their website. you do not really know how to look or to find it. there is a lot of that out there. as you mentioned, publishing a lot of work, getting your name that peopleoping who care about this issue -- and they are out there -- will send you information you cannot othe
's explore enacting the mandatory savings contained in president obama's own budget. president obama has outlined budget savings in the entitlement programs that were courageous, difficult, but they do not cut benefits. these proposals do not cut social security. they do not cut medicaid. no one is suggesting, as has been alluded to, suggested by some members of this conference committee that there is a proposal to slash benefits or cut benefits. all we're talking about and all the president is talking about in the mandatory proposed savings in his own budget is slowing the growth rate of these very important programs to save our nation from a fiscal and debt crisis and to save the very valuable programs. i think those are the sweet spot. tax reform to give us economic growth and savings in the growth rate of our mandatory programs. i hope we can rise to the occasion and be problem solvers for the american people. >> thank you. senator kaine. >> thank you. good to be with colleagues on this. one thing i want to do is confound the cynics who have low expectations of us. there have been ye
, with all the controversy about spying on allies and the like, i would like to see president obama pardon jonathan thomas. host: alexander from maryland, a republican caller. feel like theyy should not endorse spying and other countries and even our allies. i feel like it's important we knwo ow what's going on. --etimes our allies can be sometimes we need to know these things. host: yunnan chancellor merkel of germany? -- we should continue this, even on chancellor merkel of germany? caller: yes. it can be done more professionally and carefully on how we go about doing it, instead of doing it haphazardly and -- i'm looking for the word. in a professional manner. that's what i think. host: by that do you mean without being caught? caller: well not necessarily by being caught. if there is some type of issue that arises or flags that pop up, go aheaed and spy. if they do get caught spying and a case is brought about it the us can turn around and say, this is the reason we spied on you. host: james is next from minneapolis, a republican caller. caller: i love this, and this is hilarious. the
stemming on new developments when it comes to monitoring of ally activity by the nsa. new about obama spying. thatsa denies reports obama was told in 2010 of nsa spying on angela merkel and allowed it to continue. on sunday, the german tabloid siding unknown sources again, there are several stories this morning when it comes to the monitoring of allies. we are asking you this morning if the u.s. should rethink how it does those activities. if numbers on the screen -- you want to reach us via tweet and if you want to put something on a facebook page, that is facebook.com/c- span. it was on the sunday shows yesterday that this topic came up heard one of the voices there, congressman peter king from new york. he is the chairman of the house subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. he was on nbc's "meet the press" yesterday. he talked about the u.s. spying on france and germany. should stopdent apologizing and stop being. savedality is the nsa has thousands of lives, not just in the united states but in france and germany and throughout europe. have carried out spying operations
and the religious rule on the other. faced with these daunting realities, the obama administration maybe in the midst of a strategic re-evaluation of our role in the region, one that is far more modest in ambition, more temp rate in expectation and use of the diplomatic, not military resources. this stands in stark contrast of the george w. bush administration to deliver a freedom agenda sometimes through the barrel of a gun that would bring democracy to a region that has known mostly misrule. that doctrine or its application proved entirely unworkable as the society's freed of their authoritarian shackles had nothing on which to build. we may be relearning this in libya as well. these setbacks and the realization that democracy building is a generational undertaking must not lead us to disengage from the region. the forces freed by the arab spring will not be contained, and i still believe they can lead hundreds of millions of people to more representative forms of government, more economic opportunity and we must hope more tranquility and peace within their borders. the united states n
're not participating in obama care? >> i'm participating in employer-sponsored insurance, which 85% of the country does. >> so you have government insurance, so you're not -- have you gone on the site and tried to enroll or tried to shop for plans? >> i haven't gone on to shop for the plans. i went on and actually signed up for an account and see what it looked like and go through the application process, but did not sign up for coverage. i'm not eligible for coverage, nor did i shop. >> i just want to mention to you a letter that i received from my district, and this man wrote me and said, "my wife has been recently informed by her insurance carrier that her health care policy does not come ply with the affordable care act. now we must purchase the same policy at an 18% increase to our premium. what happened to if you like your insurance you can keep it question?" what would you say to that individual? >> i would take him back to pre-affordable care act days, where, in fact, if you were in the individual market, you were living at a 50% churn. half the people in the individual market, prior to 2010, d
those workers? >> absolutely. when president obama came into office he wanted to make sure we were negotiating trade agreements that were, the benefits would be broadly shared and where we recognize that we need to take care of anybody who is displaced. that is why we have insisted that the trade adjustment assistance be part of the practice. it expires in two months. it is always been linked to trade promotion authority. our hope is congress takes up trade promotion authority, that they will marry it with trade adjustment assistance so we can move this forward. let me say one more word about that -- trade promotion authority there is a lot of misinformation. it is the mechanism by which congress gives us our marching orders. they tell us what to negotiate, how to work with them during negotiations, and what the conditions will be under which they will consider an agreement to approve or disapprove it. we work closely with congress throughout every trade negotiation, hand in glove. trade promotion authority is the way that gets structured. this has been part of our overall trade ag
candidate mitt romney talked about health care law and its implementation under the obama administration on "meet the press." he talked about how the federal law differs from the one he enacted in massachusetts when he was governor and the potential impact he thinks the problems could have on the rest of president obama's term. state should be able through the laboratory of democracy model to put in place the plan that works best for them and if they adopt the massachusetts plan, terrific. if they adopt a different plan, that's fine. recognize that massachusetts teaches some important lessons some states are not going to follow. one lesson is health insurance is more expensive in massachusetts than anywhere else in the country. montana is notng necessarily going to want to adopt. you will see as a result of obamacare premiums going up dramatically across the country and going back to the key thing the president is trying to get away from is he told people they could keep their insurance and that was not the truth. whether you like the model of obamacare or not, the fact the president sol
to encounter loads of politicians in the course of making the film -- president obama, hillary clinton, deval patrick, ted kennedy -- these real-life politicians are part of the wallpaper of their lives. they naturally happen to run into them in their day-to-day activities. >> here is d.j. and the governor. >> the next governor of massachusetts. >> yes, indeed. thank you. >> you know, the democrats. it's is right for me. i agree with their beliefs, and i never really thought before about switching, cause my dad has always been favorable to how itcans, and that is was with me, but then i started to think on my own. how is it going, dad? >> how are you. >> i am doing good. nice to see you. >> i think we want to talk about the weather, and i do not know how much politics we want to talk. we get passionate. we know we live in the greatest country, and we need to lead the world. >> and we are not leading the world. in order to lead the world community to have followers. >> if you are doing something right and no one follows you, it does not mean you are wrong. >> that is the problem. iraq, nobody
. and then there was the use of weapons of mass destruction chemical weapons in which president obama was very clear that we would not tolerate that for my and if necessary, we would use force. this committee supported the president in that decision, that chemical weapons cannot be used without a response from the international community. you are here today to say that you are following up on destroying those -- or removing those chemical weapons. i did not hear any one of you say anything about the person who was responsible being held accountable. i hear you say that we will be negotiating between the government and the opposition on a new government. i heard you say that assad will probably not be part of that because the opposition has the veto right. but it seems to me that we are so quiet about holding those foronsible accountable their international criminal actions, and we seem to be timid in raising that subject because we are afraid it makes negotiations more complicated. but if you don't mention them, and we will not get that type of accountability. maybe they will use these weapons -- maybe they
afternoon, everyone. today, we are truly honored to be joined by president barack obama. mr. president, on behalf of myry fbi employee, it is privilege to welcome you back to fbi headquarters. [applause] we also have a number of other special guests here today, including former directors. a special welcome back to former director mueller and his wife. we also welcome former attorney c --als ashcroft and mckay mccasey. i would also like to take a moment to it knowledge our obama joining president and director james comey on the stage. -- directoralker comey was his first law clerk when he was in the southern district of new york. comey's wife patrice. thank you for taking part in today's ceremony. also, the director's children. welcome. [applause] also, director comey's brother and sister. we welcome you. a special welcome to director comey's father. welcome. [applause] we are here today for two purposes. wast, director james comey sworn in in a privates or money privatember 4 -- ceremony on september 4. second, we wanted to be able to officially welcome director james comey and his fam
the stock market is performed under president obama's tenure compared to ronald reagan. latest in syria including efforts by the international community to locate and destroy the chemical weapons. calls --inst plus your those against -- against -- guests plus your calls. in 1963, the communists did something they had never done before. a stained and -- they stayed and fought. pagedy seized on the front and said what is going on i thought we were winning? over the course of the next few months into february, he is going to hear from white house officials in the state department and military officials. really contradictory evidence about of the military campaign. 50thvember 22 is the anniversary of president kennedy's assassination. a discussion about his recordings and bolts on vietnam. at 7:30 p.m. part of america history tv on c-span 3. >> i never expected to write an entire book until i was diagnosed relatively young. i was diagnosed at 36. i was astonished at how different i thought it was. how different it was going through treatment than what i had heard about cancer and what i exp
to the states. >> senate republicans blocked two obama nominees. as a newbie to washington, what do you say about -- what does this say about how washington works or does not work, and how does this impact you with so many unfilled positions at the interior department? >> i've never seen anything like it in my life. [laughter] very different than the private sector. very, very different. it takes a little bit longer, has all kinds of publications, but i'm confident he will round out a strong team at interior, led by mike connor. i can is the nominee to be deputy secretary of the interior. fantastic, knowledgeable resource. rings a great at a background. he is through a senate committee, who has agreed to forward his nomination to the full senate, and he is in the list of those to get voted on by the full senate. we assumed, nominated yesterday to be as assistant secretary of fish and wildlife, currently serving as policy management and budget. these are two terrific individuals. there are other old that are serving in an acting capacity in the department of the interior, and i am treating t
of politicians in making of the film. president obama, bill clinton. they're part of the wallpapers of their lives in a way. they happen to run into them in the day-to-day activities. >> here's dchlt j. and the governor. >> next governor of massachusetts. >> massachusetts. >> thank you. democrats. right for me. then i started to think on my own. >> how's it going, dad? >> oh, you're doing good. >> nice to see you. >> nice to see you too. >> i think maybe we want to talk about the weather or -- i don't know how much politics we want to talk? >> oh, we do get passionate. we know that we live in a great country, the greatest country on earth. we need to lead the world. we're not leading the world. in order to be a lieder, you you have to have followers. the rest of the world doesn't want to follow the united states of america. >> if you're doing something right and no one follows you, it doesn't mean you're wrong. no one has to be behind. that's the problem. look at iraq. no one is behind us. if you want to be the president of the united states, you're never going to please people. >>
-span 3. off capitol hill, president obama is at fbi headquarters this afternoon. you will deliver remarks at the installation ceremony of james komi who was sworn in as fbi director last month. you can watch that live online at c-span.org. honoring jeb bush with its annual leadership award, the ceremony will include remarks by john boehner and south carolina senator tim scott. you can see that live at 7:30 p.m. eastern on c-span 3. the courtship of beth wallace and harry truman began here at her home in independence, missouri. >> when my grandfather visited independence, 26 miles from where he lived at the time in 1910, he often stayed across the street at the nolan house, which is where his aunt and two cousins live. one afternoon he was over there with his cousins with the family and his aunt brought in a cake late that my great-grandmother this isn her a cake and nolan had cleaned the cake plate and was asking if anybody would take it back over. whatandfather moved with my mother once described as something approaching the speed of light and grabbed the cake plate and ran over here and
with obama, we will have that live for you at 1:30 eastern here on c-span. and news that impacts more than 47 million americans who receive food stamps through the supplemental nutrition assistance program. that program is facing a cut as temporary funding through the federal stimulus expires today. congress, which has the authorization to stop the cutback over negotiations over the farm bill, which includes funding for food stamps and the nutrition program -- they face a large device -- large divide between the house and senate bill. that is $4 billion for the program while the house version/is nearly $40 billion over 10 years. president obama delivered the remarks at a memorial service for house speaker tom foley who passed earlier this week last week at the age of 84. the spoke and need of served in the house of representatives for 30 years, eventually losing reelection in 1995. other speakers include former president bill clinton, house speaker john boehner, and house speaker nancy pelosi. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors, the singing of the united
of the obama to website is emblematic of a larger failure of obamacare itself and of the kind of problems we can expect if washington democrats continue their stubborn defense of this partisan law. now, mr. president, on another .atter politicians regularly come to washington promising fiscal responsibility. since congress passed the bca with overwhelming bipartisan , washington has actually reduced the level of government spending for two years running. the bca savings are such a big deal that the president inpaigned on it endlessly 2012. he bragged about the bipartisan .uts he told audiences from california to baltimore that he signed $2 trillion in spending cuts into law. like to say these days, elections matter and the president explicitly stated that he put these on the back of the bipartisan spending cuts. fromet the exit polls november. two thirds said raising taxes to cut the deficit was a nonstarter. whiched to obamacare, more voters said they wanted to repeal, the levels of support are striking. if our friends on the other side contradict -- keep obamacare contradicted by the then
's meeting with president obama today. >> i think i agree with just about everything you said. i'm not sure about the sons of iraq. i would be surprised. other than that, i happen to agree with you and i joined a bipartisan letter with minute does, mccain and others to urge the president to make those points. i basically agree with you. also in terms of the failure of the iraqi government to protect the christian minority, to protect the people at camp liberty, for instance, whether or not the government of iraq is the perpetrator of that horrific outrage, they did not carry out that mission if it was to protect that came. the christian minority in iraq is very, very fragile and the relationship to the sunni, if it is what you say, in terms of iraq and the relationship, allowing the iranians to overfly and support assad is so totally terrible. nonetheless, he has a lot to talk about and if they want certain kinds of weapons, there's a lot of skepticism about providing any types of weapons if there are to be a condition to basically doing a number of things differently and making sure that t
. >> this week, as is obama and former president clinton joined members at a memorial service for former house speaker tom foley. .e was a democrat the last five years, he was speaker of the house. the service was hold in the u.s. capitol's statue a tory hall -- statuary hall. 1.5 hours.s than >> president obama delivered the remarks at a memorial service >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors, the singing of the united states national anthem, and the retiring of the colors. >> ? oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. oh say does that star- spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. ? now please be seated. >> now please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, let us begin by acknowledging a great friend of this institution , mrs. he
, yet always modest and level headed. and when president obama needed a respected leader to oversee his transition, he, again, turned to john podesta. and when i need advice, either on grand strategy or day-to-day tactics, i turn to john as well. he is our indispensable man and someone who has carried a cap on his shoulders for so long. and i am deeply grateful to him and i know the voice of dodd, which is appropriate, introduced him, but i think we should also show our appreciation again to john podesta. we may have different backgrounds but we share a set of values that animates our work and our lives. the value of justice, freedom, opportunity, and equality that everyone the world over deserves to have in their lives and their societies to deserve to have the chance to live up to their god-given potential to participate fully in the economic political, social lives of the places where they were born and lived. so when you look at these values and how much the united states had to do in thrusting them into human history and nurturing them and protecting them for so many years now, it'
of president obama's white house team, valerie jarrett. a senior adviser to the president and a longtime confidant of the president. she oversees the office of andgement and affairs chairs the white house council on women and girls. she was the chief executive officer of the habitat company. baldry has held positions in both the public and private sectors and hails from chicago before coming to washington, d.c. lees give gentlemen, a warm welcome to valerie jarrett. [applause] good morning, everyone. you look fantastic out there. we are all delighted to be here. i would like to begin by congratulating a secretary who has truly hit the ground running since the apartment. has traveled all over the world and gave a party and everyone showed up. you showed up and we were surprised. i also want to give credit to former secretary and now an ofassador who was the brain -- two years ago. we stand up so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama a little bit later today. let me say a few words about why the summit and why select u.s.a is so important. encouraging inve
media. and, boy, at the 2008 election when president obama was able to create this network of 12, 13 million people in america -- e-mail addresses, that was a real wakeup call to me. and we've seen where technology has revolutionized so many areas of our lives. well, it's also revolutionizing the way that members of congress representatives connect with the people they represent. and that republicans need to embrace these tools that we have for communication. so when i first -- when i first ran for leadership, i was focused on bringing the republicans in to the 21st century as they related to social media. and we had -- when i was first elected, 30% of our members that were on twitter or facebook. this was 2008 after the 2008 election. and today we have 95%. and members that still were using pagers rather than converting to the blackberries or smart phones, you know, they've made that transition and members that have been here for many, many years recognizing they needed to change. i remember jerry lewis. a congressman out of the los angeles area, he described it as the difference be
and this is being canceled effective january 2014 because it does not meet the requirements of obama care. this directly contradicts the comments made by president obama that we could keep our existing program. they had affordable health care that they liked but they didn't get to keep that. and i ask, is this right or is this just for this group of people. these 28,000 citizens of tennessee are now forced to find new coverage plans on the health care website there are people out there, this is not fair and just for. let me turn to another piece. they did their own unit testing and cms was responsible for the end to end testing or the systems integrated testing, making sure that each unit worked properly with the next unit. now, that testing failed and every contractor has said that cms made that decision for the launching of the website. you claim you didn't know there were surge problems with the website. cms is the project manager on this and cms called the shots either there was company management on your part or cms's part, those you work with or ignored the fundamental concepts take
. >> thank you. [applause] sharing that perspective. president obama is committed to making sure our full faith and credit is protected, and we will do everything possible to avoid any future such crisis, because we would much rather those of you doing contingency planning were instead figuring out how to invest in america. i want to they each of the panelists for taking the time to be with us this morning. and ouru for listening, panel is now finished. thank you. [applause] >> the panel sessions will begin shortly. we welcome you to tour the facility. >> the senate homeland security committee investigated the navy yard shooting, specifically security for contractors. the full hearing is available at our website, but here is a part f it. >> what is the answer? be doing theas to job we do better. the other has to do with using data that is available. for 20 bucks you can get 90% of the information on the internet. we pay 2400 dollars. >> for top it is a little more than that, more than 4000. >> for secret what do we pay? >> 462. >> for $20 you can find out 90% of this stuff online, so the
, an important member of president obama's white house team, valerie jarrett is a senior advisor to the president and a long-time confidant of the president. she oversees the office of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs and chairs the white house council on women and girls. prior to joining the obama administration, she was the chief executive officer of the habitat company. valerie has held positions in both the public and private sectors and hails from chicago before coming to washington, d.c. ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to valerie jarrett. [applause] >> well, good morning, everybody. you look fantastic out there. we are also delighted to be here. i would like to begin by congratulating secretary pritzker who has hit the ground running since her appointment. she has not only traveled around the world, but she gave a party and everyone showed up. i also want to give credit to former secretary gary locke who was the brainchild for this a few years ago. please stand up so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama later today, but that
destruction chemical weapons which president obama was very clear we would not tolerate that. if necessary, we would use force. this committee supported the president in that decision that chemical weapons could not be used without a response from the international community. so you're here today to say you're following up on destroying those or removing those chemical weapons. but i didn't hear any one of you saying anything about the personal responsible being held accountable. i hear you say they are negotiating between the government and opposition on new government. i heard you say assad will probably not be part of that because the opposition has a veto right. but it seems we are so quiet about holding those responsible accountable for their international criminal actions and we seem to be timid because we are afraid that makes negotiations more complicated. if you don't mention them we are not going to get that accountability. maybe they'll try to take them away from us, but we can survive. they shouldn't get that message. can you reassure this committee and the american public that our
to jihadist. the commission clearly identified i think the obama administration understands that the chemical agreement itself, as good as it is, always seeks to soft the tent, the visible part of this iceberg. they want to move syria in the direction of political transition. they want to move to something that is actually civilized. our first course is rapidly becoming somalia. the assad regime is consolidating itself in western syria. terrorists, some affiliated with al qaeda, have been planting themselves in the east. the administration is trying to jumpstart a diplomatic process. it will preempt this worst of all worlds and area. yet the obstacles are very daunting. if it develops this way, a solution would be to replace the assad regime with a governing body that would exercise full executive power in area for a. of time -- the word of time -- period of time. this would be negotiated on the basis of mutual and sent. anyone participating in the exercise of full executive power would have to be accepted by both sides. the regime, however, has made it clear in public statements that the per
levin inlks about the situation afghanistan. followed by remarks from obama and prime minister of iraq nouri themaliki and remarks at antidefamanion league. week, michigan senator carl levin traveled to and met with president karzai. today, the senate armed services committee chairman about improvements in the country as the u.s. and prepare to remove troops from afghanistan in 2014. from the council on foreign relations. is an hour. >> welcome to the foreign relations. i'm johnathan karl. a high honor to be here with levin. introduction.s no interduck carl levin is the chairman of the senate armed services from the great state of michigan and of special interest to me, just back from a trip to afghanistan where he commanders over there and also had a one on one president karzai. i'm eager to hear about that and senator levin has some tomarks about the trip afghanistan and then we will have a conversation. levin?r >> well, thank you, jon. we appreciate the invitation to join you this morning and look forward to that conversation as well. just here to share my ideas but hopefully to rec
obama yesterday. he said when you bet on america, that that pays off. i could not agree more. that thennounced select usa program will be stepping up its game in a number of ways. attracting business investment will be a major priority for commerce and the state department, including our foreign commercial service officers and our ambassadors. senior government officials, including the president himself, would do more than directly advocate for investment deals. we will create a single point of contact to provide you with a coordinated federal support and cut the red tape. and we will do more to support of the economic development organization at the regional state and city level. analogyde a sports it'll serve as a quarterback for increasing business investment in the united states. in addition, i should note that the president once again calls for congress to provide full funding for select usa in his budget. select usa already provides a great bang for the buck. the response to this summit shows that we can and will be doing much more to help you succeed. we want to captur
will not pursue them. and president obama has repeatedly made clear that words are not enough. action must match words. we understand why this is so important to so many people. because we've all been to yad vashem. earlier this year, i had the opportunity to revisit yad vashem. i had been there before, but this time was special for me because i brought my son, ziller, with me. i wanted him to see the harsh realities of the depths of evil and the beautiful tribute to the victims of the past. yad vashem is an instruction for future generations -- like all great memorials. a warning to never ever again stand idly by in the face of hatred and bigotry. we know that ridding our world of hatred takes more than just work, imagination, and so on. -- and song. it will always demand commitment, sacrifice, and courage. it demands that we must continue to march our armies of tolerance, equality, and justice around the globe. and it demands that we remember the timeless questions of rabbi hillel -- "if i am not for myself, who will be for me? if i am only for myself, what am i? and if not now, when?" as leon
communities. prior to his appointment by president obama and the senate and confirm to become secretary of housing, he was commissioner of the new york city department of housing preservation and development. he created and in the -- implemented the housing marketplace plan. it is the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation's history. he also work in the private sector and was very involved in finance and affordable housing. he was a visiting scholar at new york university. he researched and wrote about the preservation of federally assisted housing. he was an active member of the nba and served on the multifamily housing committee and acted as commissioner during the clinton and bush transition. i will tell you having the opportunity to work with sean was something i will always cherish in my life. he was one of the most sincere and hard-working and committed activists for good positive outcome going forward. it is greatly appreciated he takes time too, just this body at so many conferences and other events. without further ado, let's please welcome with a loud applause
campaign to repeal, to discredit, to even shutdown the government over obama care, i want to say, get over it. we all agree, that there are problems but these are problems that i see being fixed. i want to say that what we did under medicare part d can be an example of how we can work together. and in fact, chairman upton and i both sent a letter asking for more money for community based groups to help implement the program and make it work. we can work together. so if you could just briefly say how are the navigators -- how important are they in making this system work for the american people? >> well, what we know, congresswoman, a lot of people are not web savvy and are not frustrated by the website because they don't have a computer. they don't want to use a computer, don't trust a computer. they need a live human being to ask questions and get questions answered and talk about the plan and talk about insurance. so the navigators play a hugely important role. we have 2500 trained navigators on the ground right now. we have thousands more community assisters are trained and ready to go.
, would increase taxes by $1 trillion. president obama got his tax increase on the fiscal cliff deal of january 2013. we increased taxes. now is the time to focus on the other side of the ledger, the spending side. i remain cautious about plans to trade spending reductions that are in the law for the promise of spending cuts or entitlement reforms at some future date. i will not entertain so-called balanced plan that punishes small business and job creators with higher taxes in exchange for minor entitlement reforms that do not change the deficit or the debt trajectory of our country. if we're going to reform entitlement programs to ensure their viability for future generations, we should do just that. 's budget could be a starting point and should be considered. i am aware that there was a great deal of angst surrounding the sequester cuts, particularly those in defense. i am satisfied that defense is not a sacred cow. i will close by saying that if we can get the department of defense do have an accounting and audit practices and an up- to-date audit control system, we would have a
next venture. it is not just the big cities. you heard it from secretary pritzker and president obama. success stories. indian manufacturers expanding plants in upstate new york. singapore companies extending their supply chain to texas. german multinationals creating jobs in small towns in kentucky. investing in suburban ohio. south african energy firms investing in southwest louisiana. that is not in the future, that is now. there is no question that the united states is lucky to be able to offer the world's best climate today. as obama has made it clear that we are going to work at it even harder. it is about the future. we will refuse to sit still. a world is getting more competitive, but so are we. capital chases capital. i'm confident we will continue to get stronger and be more effective. select usa is a big reason why. as you heard yesterday and during the week that we are working hard now to make it easier for you to be able to invest here and making that effort is a much bigger part of our mission, especially now at the state department. at home, we are coordinating at every
of this issue. first, let's point out a column that was posted last night on " huffington post" by barack obama. the president says they should be judged only by getting their work done. that's the president huffington post piece that was posted last night. -- there are plenty of editorials on the other side of this issue. this is rum "the washington times" we are taking your calls and comments this morning. donald is up next from michigan on our line for independents. good morning. caller: good morning. man i am a 74-year-old old that has probably seen a love of life. the -- a love of life. -- a lot of life. i have a cousin who is gay. not wantve rights do to witness certain things right in front of me all the time. military as i used to be and i'm taking a shower, i do not wish to be in the shower with a gay person. that is my right. that should be a part of a nondiscrimination against me. i don't force my beliefs on other people. they should not force theirs on me. thank you. host: also on our independent line is robert from pennsylvania, good morning. hello, i just want to say that in reali
what projects have been pulled. a couple has been years ago, under president obama's first administration there had been a big stimulus effort to do broadband funding, and stimulus funding for broadband support. what we have seen as a number of those projects either aren't going to get done, or a lot of folks have turned the project back because it is a partnership, and they can't be sure they can return their portion of the annulus invest -- stimulus investment. that is really a shame. one thing we found is every dollar that goes in the ground for broadband has a multiplier effect in terms of the local economy. not even necessarily so much in the rural area. the economic boost actually goes to the urban areas. >> surely that could not have been the fcc intent, to slow down broadband buildout. rules't they argue the have eliminated waste in some areas, allowing companies to more efficiently put up broadband? >> i hear where you're coming from, and i think the universal service system is actually a very complicated network. a lot of different rules, regulations, how it appli
, the trumpet sounded again for me. president obama asked if i would consider running the cia. i have to be honest with you. i was in that first but then i looked at the challenges we were facing in this nation. two wars, the war on terrorism and 9/11, the al qaeda leadership, hiding in pakistan, theiruing to spread influence in their effort to try iran,ack this country, north korea, the nuclear programs moving forward. i came back to federal service and returned to washington. object is. two major one was to restore the credibility of the agency that had been badly damaged and that is what the president asked me to do. second was to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat the terrorists to attack this country on 9/11. of cia is made up professionals. they are not republican. they are not democrats. they are political. public servants, good americans, who come to work every day looking to do what's best for this country to keep america safe, to keep america safe. that's the key. that's the key to what the cia and intelligence agencies are all about. the president also asked that i g
their insurers who say because of obama care, they are no longer going to be in the individual market, or at least with that plan in the individual market, and the result is this person from cove, oregon, i was paying $600 a month for a $3,000 deductible, now it's $800 a month for a $5,000 deductible. i've got others here i'll put in the record. a woman whose job she had 40 hours, now down to 29, neither has health insurance, nor enough income to live on her own because of the way this law is getting implemented. i realize my time's expired. >> gentle lady from colorado. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman, and thank you, secretary, for being with us today. i want to follow up on a couple of those questions that mr. walden was asking you about cgi. as you know, chairman issa last night released this document, monthly project status report from cgi last night, and it looks to me as sort of a technical document that has a punch list of outstanding open issues. and some of them do highlight items that upon first read seem to be alarming. for example, one of the entries said, due to the
so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama later today, but that me say a few words about why this summit and why select usa are so important. for the president, encouraging investment in the united states is a core part of his strategy to build and grow our economy. the u.s. remains the largest economy in the world, and is the largest recipient of direct investment from foreign countries, as the secretary mentioned. the competition from your partnership is fierce. it is global. the united states can no longer rely on being the biggest economy or the obvious choice. we have to work every day to do our very best. select usa is the result of it the president's broad commitment -- makeit clear you're it easier to do business. we are centralizing resources to give information and assistance you need to navigate the u.s. marketplaces. that is why it is so important we are joined i representatives of state and local governments because they are partners in this effort. he should leave today with resources and relationships that you need to make select usa w
by president obama. -- mr. chairman, we need to provide the appropriations committee with certainty so they can craft bills so they have the possibility of becoming law. we must find ways to deal with our growing debt. there is much work ahead to solve our current fiscal crisis. i am hopeful we can find some smon common sense reform for the future of our children and grandchildren. in fact, we have cut discretionary spending in each of the last three years. a feat not accomplished since he 1940's. it is time for the ways and means and finance committee to do the same. mandatory spending programs comprise three quarters of all federal expenditures. at the same time, i find it quite hard to believe that everyone of these expenditures is necessary and could not be limited in some manner. i have been quoted as saying that revenue should be on the table in the course of the committee. i believe that it should. but not in some of the way that my friends from the other side should suggest. there are a number of pro-growth policies that could grow our economy. expanded oil and gas operations, and the l
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